Ekkel, Bibs: Complete Balalaika Book (Book & CD)

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    Catalogue No: 96213BCD
    Shop Product Code: 148406M

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    Department: Folk & World Instruments - Ukulele Songbooks

    Publisher: Mel Bay

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    The balalaika is most often associated with Russian folklore. In this comprehensive method book, concert and recording artist Bibs Ekkel shares his extensive knowledge of the balalaika as taught in Russia today. This 160-page book is divided into four sections: an extensive Foreword, the Tutor, A Brief History of the Balalaika, and a Repertoire Section.

    Unlike many Mel Bay books, the Complete Balalaika Book does not begin with the rudiments of music notation. Rather, the 20-page Foreword offer insights on the tunings of all the instruments in the balalaika family, hand positions, string sources and height adjustment, and chord shapes. The author even describes how to make a bass balalaika pick from shoe leather.

    The Tutor or instruction segment is written for the 'prima balalaika' which is correctly played with the fingers only rather than with a pick. The Tutor jumps right in with exercises and tunes in quarter, eighth, and sixteenth-note values with occasional dotted notes and syncopation. Perhaps half of the music in this section is shown in both standard notation and tablature. A glossary of musical signs and Russian musical terns is included. A Brief History of the Balalaika is well written and nicely illustrated.

    Very few Mel Bay books contain such a comprehensive historical overview of the subject instrument. The Repertoire Section offers a valuable resource of Eastern European folk tunes. All but two selections in this section are written in both notation and tab with suggested guitar chords, the exceptions being an arrangement for balalaika and piano, and a balalaika orchestra score. More than simple melody chord leadsheets, these are the author's own arrangements of tunes for solo balalaika and balalaika orchestra. A companion CD with selections performed by the author completes this highly effective instructional package.


    Contents and Reviews

    Finding the Right Strings
    Tuning & Bridge Position
    Adjustment of Strings
    Tuning of Orchestral Instruments
    Strings for the Balalaika Orchestra
    Picks for orchestral Instruments
    Chord Shapes for Prima (and Alto) Balalaika
    Balalaika Diagram

    Holding The Balalaika
    The Balalaika Fingerboard
    The Left Hand
    Strumming With The Thumb
    Left Hand: Using The Thumb
    Right Hand: Plucking With The Thumb
    Strumming With The Index Finger
    Annotation of Strokes
    Tremolo on 2nd and 3rd Strings Only
    Double Pizzicato
    Single Pizzicato
    Pizzicato & the Left Hand
    Tremolo on One String
    Tremolo With Vibrato
    Left Hand Pizzicato
    False Harmonics
    "Guitar" Techniques
    Guitar Tremolo
    Guitar Pizzicato
    Forward Guitar Pizzicato
    Straight-Fingered Guitar Pizzicato
    Guitar Picking
    Tricks and Special Effects
    Some Extra Difficult Strokes
    General Advice on Practicing
    Glossary of Musical Signs
    Russian Musical Terms
    Short Introduction